Waquar Hasan| Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI – The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) on Wednesday organised a National Protest against the mob-lynching, communalisation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), lock-down in Kashmir and illegal detentions and to highlight the wrong doings of Modi government.
The protesters also condemned the imprisonment of former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. Bhatt was known for his role in filling an affidavit in the Supreme Court against the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi concerning his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots.
The National Protest held at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi was attended by Lok Sabha MP ET Mohammed Basheer, Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife Shweta Bhatt and Tabrez Ansari’s wife Shaista. Tabrez was mob lynched in Jharkhand.
The National Committee of IUML organised the protest under the slogan ‘Fearless India, India For All.’
The programme was also attended by thousands of cadres of the IUML who came from various states including Kerala, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.
Talking to Caravan Daily, Basheer said “We are highlighting the wrongdoings of the BJP government. It is spoiling secular set-up of India. We know that secularism is basic concept of the Indian Constitution. They are spoiling democracy as well as secularism. India has become the place of human rights violations.”
He added that the demonstration was beginning of a national campaign against Modi government with the slogan of “Fearless India”. Other activities will be conducted across the country in the coming days.
He said one of the main issues which they were raising through this program was the lockdown of Kashmir. “The situation in Kashmir is worst. Even actual news is not coming out. Continuous curfew is going on there. Human rights violations are taking place very much. Leaders of Kashmir including the ex-Chief Ministers are under house arrest. This is unacceptable and shameful for the nation,” he said.
Addressing the gathering, Shweta Bhatt thanked the people for extending their support to Sanjiv Bhatt. “It has been more than one year since I have been struggling for justice. It is because of your support I am able to struggle for justice. The riot which had taken place in 2002 was an extreme sad happening. At that time my husband, who is an IPS officer, had supported the minorities. He believed that when crime was committed before a police man, he did not see the community. He performed his duty. That was what Sanjiv Bhatt had done,” she said.
She said that Bhatt was honest officer. His honesty landed him in jail. She has been struggling to get him out of jail. She has been deploying all legal options for the last 13 months but so far she could not get her husband released. She also expressed concerns over the current communal situation in the country. She also pointed to the mob lynching incidents happening across India.
Addressing the gathering, IUML general secretary PK Kunhalikutty said that his party was bringing oppressed people on stages that were fighting for justice. There are people who are fighting against the autocracy of the BJP government.
Talking about NRG, he said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi government was dividing people on the basis of religion – Hindu and Muslim.
Mohammed Salim, a IUML cadre who came from Amravati in Maharashtra to attend the demonstration, blamed the government for killing of innocent people in the name of cow smuggling. “Earlier, we Hindus and Muslims were living like brothers. Now, they hate each other. Communalism has increased across the country. This should not happen”, said Salim talking to Caravan Daily.